Best Cruises for 2013

Cruises are usually taken to escape the chill of winter so because it’s February we decided to review the best cruise options to help guide those of you who may be seeking refuge from the cold and snow. Because we don’t really have the resources to conduct an all out survey/study on the subject, we figured we would just pull in the results of the most trusted travel surveys conducted recently, then select the top picks from those; allowing you to make your own travel choices with the help of a few friendly suggestions from Andrew Rivkin Travel! Here’s a list of cruise ideas for your next vacation:

  • The Royal Caribbean Southern Caribbean Cruise came out on top from a survey conducted by the travel experts at Caribbean Travel + Life. They reviewed every Caribbean cruise itinerary from over twenty cruise lines and this one was chosen as an ideal pick for vacationers. The seven night cruise on the Grandeur of the Seas runs just about every week January through April and stops include Colombia, Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba.
  • The sleek design and hip public spaces aboard Celebrity Cruises are a big part of this liner’s popularity; and they are super affordable too, without sacrificing quality for value. Their newest addition to the Solstice fleet, the 3,030-passenger Celebrity Reflection recently launched in Europe and just arrived stateside for a series of 7-night Caribbean cruises out of Miami. The Celebrity Reflection has all the necessary ingredients for that perfect cruise vacation, and passengers are provided with an expansive spa, live grass-coated deck, a craft beer bar and plenty of onboard diversions to suit all tastes. Ports include Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, and more.
  • Here’s one that we thought was interesting: The best cruises for island lovers. Islands.com reported on the Best Cruise Trips for 2013, where hundreds of 2013 cruise itineraries with the most must-see islands were researched. A few that topped the list were the South Pacific Eclipse Cruise with Celebrity Cruises- 20 nights Hawaii, Suva, Pago Pago, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia and many more island stops; the Melanesian Discovery with Orion Expedition Cruises- 10 nights New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Isle of Pines, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea; The Enchantment and Wonders of the East- 21 nights Singapore; Phuket, Thailand; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Male, Maldives; Mahe, Seychelles; Port Louis, Mauritius. Check out the entire survey at Islands.com to learn about all the awesome island cruises; there are over twenty of them.
  • For a Mediterranean cruise consider climbing aboard Oceania’s Riviera, and you’ll be taken to mostly Spanish oriented ports such as Seville, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, and Barcelona, as well as forays to Casablanca and Lisbon. Guests aboard the ship will find star chef Jacques Pepin’s restaurant, a Bon Appetit Culinary Center, a wine-tasting program, a Canyon Ranch spa and a massive library.
  • Now, the big, luxurious cruise liners are awesome but Andrew Rivkin doesn’t mind boarding a sailing vessel from time to time, whether it’s for a casual outing with friends or on a sailing cruise vacation. If this sounds like something you’d enjoy, the Rivkin Travel Review would recommend Star Clippers Islands cruise which operates three of the world’s most prestigious sailing vessels. It’s on a Star Clippers cruise that you’re given the opportunity to visit ports often passed by most carriers, and passengers can enjoy an abundance of activities and amenities in the atmosphere of a private yacht. Star Clippers is a premier specialty cruise line and their ships frequently sail throughout the Caribbean, Mediterranean, the Baltic and Costa Rica.